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Volume 2, Issue 76                                                                     September 21, 2017


McGrath of Newport Beach becomes USC hero


It took one game and three field-goal attempts (one missed and two huge kicks made) for USC placekicker Chase McGrath to become well known and a Trojans hero.

He went from being a freshman walk-on kicker from Newport Beach to being THE freshman walk-on kicker from Newport Beach who delivered two high-pressure kicks in USC’s 27-24 double-overtime win over Texas on Saturday.

However, McGrath knew all along what he could do. He said he had always had the confidence and was excited to show his stuff to Los Angeles, USC fans and a nationally televised audience.

He is proud of his accomplishments and his new fame, but he’s not one to rest on his laurels.

“I’m not done yet,” McGrath said during a phone interview on Wednesday. “I still have a long way to go. I was unknown. No one knew what I could do. Now that I’ve shown what I can do it just feels nice.”

McGrath made a 31-yard field goal at the end of regulation that sent the game into overtime. The Mater Dei High School grad then connected on a 41-yard field goal in the second overtime to give USC the win.


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Chase McGrath (40) is about to be engulfed by teammates

 “My life has changed a little bit,” McGrath said with a hint of sarcasm. “My phone was blowing up. Everybody has been messaging me. I’ve returned messages to say, ‘thank you.’ And they say, ‘you made my day,’ or ‘you’re my inspiration.’ I never thought it would be this way.”

McGrath has overheard his name and big-kick feats during casual conversations around the USC campus. Just the other day, he said he was crossing the street near campus and a school bus full of children recognized him. He said they cheered for him and pointed their phones toward him. He acknowledged them with a USC victory sign.

It seems McGrath has always been a USC fan. It has always been his dream school, even before he had decided to ditch all other sports and focus solely on football and kicking while growing up in Newport Beach.

He enjoyed playing soccer and intensified his love for kicking before the sixth grade, while attending Our Lady Queen of Angels in Newport Beach. McGrath has two younger sisters, twins Lauren and Faith, who are sophomores at Corona del Mar High School.

Kicking became McGrath’s life at Mater Dei playing for the Monarchs’ storied football program and legendary coach Bruce Rollinson.

After a junior season that saw him make 10 of 13 field goals, kicking on the next level became more of a reality. Rollinson helped McGrath with recruiting, McGrath said.

McGrath received one scholarship offer from Army, and preferred walk-on offers from South Carolina, Virginia, Texas Tech and Utah State.

“I was always wanting to go to USC,” McGrath said. “They didn’t really return my messages.”

He kept trying. In April, he said USC special teams coach John Baxter called for McGrath to visit.

“I was already thinking if USC was going to offer me anything, I was going to commit,” McGrath said.

McGrath, as you know, is a freshman walk-on. He won the starting kicking job. He missed his first field-goal attempt of the season against Texas from 46 yards. But he didn’t let that bring him down when the pressure-filled kicks came later in the game.

He said he tried to keep his mind blank before each kick just visualizing making it.

“You can lose yourself when you think about all the people in the stadium and all the people watching at home,” he said. “I know it’s a big stage. I try not to think about that. I just focused on doing my job.”

McGrath started trending on Twitter soon after his winning field goal, with many of the tweets encouraging USC coach Clay Helton to award the kicker with a scholarship.

McGrath says he remains focused on the season.

“Whatever the coaches decide to do (with one scholarship available) I am OK with,” McGrath said. “That was a big win. We have a long season. Nothing is going to change my mentality. I keep looking to the future. Keep doing my job.”


Steve Virgen is a long-time community sports editor and columnist in Newport Beach/Orange County and is a regular contributor to StuNewsNewport.


Police Files

Newport Beach man sentenced for posing as fire marshal

Brian Lee Carsten, 37, Newport Beach, has been sentenced to six months in jail for posing as a fire marshal and charging small businesses across Orange County for fraudulent inspections.

Carsten pleaded guilty on Friday, Sept. 15, to the counts of extortion by force or threat, fraudulently personating fire personnel and possession of a firearm in violation of a protective order. He was sentenced to 180 days in county jail, three years of formal probation and also ordered to pay restitution.

On Aug. 31, 2016, Carsten entered Beach Auto Sound in Huntington Beach while wearing a uniform and identifying himself as a fire marshal. The defendant charged the victim $209 for his fraudulent inspection of the business and provided a bill and receipt on Cal-Fire letterhead.

On Sept. 12, 2016, Carsten entered State College Distributors in Anaheim, represented himself as a fire marshal, and performed a fraudulent inspection of the business. The defendant threatened the victim with a citation if he did not pay for the inspection. Carsten returned to the business the following day with forged invoices and receipts, and collected two payments of $209 for each lot from the victim.

The victim reported the suspicious circumstances to the Anaheim Police Department (APD) later that week.

On Sept. 16, 2016, Carsten conducted similar fraudulent inspections at Newport Awning and Imperial Auto Service, which are neighboring businesses in Santa Ana. The defendant extorted $209 from each business and provided receipts with forged Cal-Fire logos.

The victims in Huntington Beach and Santa Ana saw media coverage of the fraudulent inspection in Anaheim and reported the crime to their local police departments.

On Sept. 23, 2016, Carsten was found in possession of two firearms in violation of a domestic violence protective order.

Carsten was arrested by APD.

Scroll down to Police Beat for all arrests & crime reports


Fair Game


Argyros Girl Scout Center to debut Saturday


The Argyros Girl Scout Leadership Center on the Balboa Peninsula has a grand opening celebration this Saturday, Sept. 23, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 

Some numbers say the new facility could touch 21,000 girl scouts throughout Orange County. That’s impressive! And what a nice statement from our community.

Coming from a family where my mom attained the Girl Scout Gold Award and my sisters were also Girl Scouts, this is big stuff.

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The Newport Beach Historical Society is “Celebrating 50 years of preserving our rich history” tomorrow night (Friday, Sept. 22) at the historic Balboa Pavilion.

There’s a bunch of stuff going on: cuisine stations from different local restaurants, live entertainment, some historical programs, even a presentation by the McFadden family.

Think Newport Pier, McFadden Square…yup, same family. They were here early.

Tickets are $50 and you can get them at

There’s probably an opportunity drawing, auction, whatever…it’s a fundraiser for a great and committed group.

If you don’t believe me, just ask Bernie Svalstad. Sure, he oversees the group and will proudly be there.

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The Planning Commission meeting tonight has been cancelled.

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Hey, check out Steve Virgen’s column today in StuNewsNewport on Chase McGrath. McGrath had quite the career last Saturday in the USC football win over Texas.

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Kudos to the Corona del Mar Business Improvement District, the CdM Chamber and the City of Newport Beach for the installation of the new street signs around the community.

Love it that we still do the little things to add charm to our town.

The flower signs look great.

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Stump the Stu

Stumped by a Stu imposter

The Stu does this every week! We must make it too easy. Lo and behold, carpeteer Brett Hemphill sends in one unique spot and boom, he stumps you. This is Altezza in Newport Coast. You say, tell me more. I say, ask Hemphill the next time you see him. 

If you have a unique spot or icon around town that you think StuNewsNewport readers would enjoy finding out about, please shoot it, share it and give us the answer, so we can challenge them!

Stump the Stu 9.18.17

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NBPA Golf Classic day of fun = huge success

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The Newport Beach Police Association Charitable Foundation Golf Classic (NBPA), which took place Monday, Sept. 18 at stunning Newport Beach Country Club was a huge success! The Foundation raises much needed funds for scholarships and financial assistance to benefit local and regional organizations.

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(L-R): Vlad Anderson, Mario Montero, Joe Cartwright and Scott Woodyard

With the City of Newport Beach adopting the 1/1 Marines, the NBPA stepped up again this year to assist the 1/1 by holding the golf tournament, which last year raised $80,000 to benefit Marine families. With the recent tragic accident at Camp Pendleton, 100 percent of this year’s proceeds will go directly to the families who were impacted by the amphibious assault vehicle that caught fire, critically or severely injuring 15 Marines.

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(L-R): James Dwyer, Paul Garcia, George Kentner and David Lewis

Members of the community, local businesses and city officials came out to enjoy a day of golf all for a great cause. In addition to 18 holes of golf with picturesque ocean views, attendees were treated to food and beverages supplied by local restaurants, donation challenges throughout the day, and rewarded with a Casino Night, where they could mingle, relax and unwind.

Monies raised to date are $30,000, with more expected to roll in.

Tournament Winners who were awarded trophies (and receive bragging rights):

Longest Drive - Bruce Doucett

First Place Foursome - Alex Mohammed, Greg Brothwick, Richard Rosales and Bruce Doucett.

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Marines enjoying a special day at Newport Beach Country Club

“Local law enforcement serves our community every day to help keep us safe with the services they provide, while our Marines protect us and our freedoms on a world-wide level. This is why we want to support them,” said Vlad Anderson, who is a recently retired police officer and runs the Newport Beach Police Association Charitable Foundation.

A special thank you to the major sponsors – 5.11 Tactical and Mario Marovic, and to Newport Beach Country Club who stepped up as the host course.

For more information on the NBPA, visit


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State of the Schools Breakfast slated for Sept. 27

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Join the Newport-Mesa Unified School District in partnership with the Newport Mesa Schools Foundation on Wednesday, Sept. 27 from 7 to 9 a.m. for an update on the NMUSD as a whole. School, government and community representatives will salute our neighborhood schools, their goals and achievements.

This year, the breakfast will be held in Costa Mesa High School Gym, 2650 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa. Cost: A donation of $32 per person is tax deductible. Proceeds benefit the Newport Mesa Schools Foundation to support classroom activities district wide.

To make a reservation and purchase tickets, and for more details, visit


CdM campaign offers chance to purchase older, vintage Flower Street signs

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With the Corona del Mar Business Improvement District (CdM BID) recently completing a project to install new decorative flower street signs along East Coast Highway through the CdM business district, a nostalgic campaign has been launched to offer members of the community the opportunity to obtain the older or vintage flower street signs.

The signs will be available through a silent auction during the 39th Annual Corona del Mar Christmas Walk hosted by the Corona del Mar Chamber, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. The vintage signs will be stored at the City Warehouse until the event and the plan is outlined. Details of the sign program will soon be available on the CdM BID website where you can also find details of past and future physical improvement projects, marketing campaigns and more by visiting

The new decorative flower street signs are a project that stemmed from the Corona del Mar Business Improvement District’s Marguerite Intersection Improvements that began in 2014. Corona del Mar has long been known for its popular “Flower Street” names and the new signs include a colorful illustration of the flower in which the street is named.

The CdM BID is fully funding the project to include design, sign fabrication and installation for all of the flower streets along with the new matching signs for East Coast Highway. The only intersections not included are the locations with traffic signals or the signalized crosswalk. There are a total of 52 signs purchased (this includes the East Coast Highway signs) and the total estimated cost is approximately $16,000.


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Letter to the Editor:

Why to recall now

Tom Johnson’s questioning of the need for a special election is a fair inquiry. The question has also been posed by Mr. Peotter. Mr. Johnson’s goal in asking the question is, I believe, civic discourse. Mr. Peotter’s goal appears to be political manipulation.

Fourteen thousand Newport Beach residents signed the Museum House referendum, despite the aggressive efforts of Mr. Peotter and Team Newport to derail citizen participation. Public outrage, again directed at Mr. Peotter and his politically partisan crew, caused the City Council to reverse itself with regard to accepting gas tax revenues. The threat of a recall has tempered Mr. Peotter in both his votes on the council and his rhetoric in the community. Unfortunately, his interactions with recall supporters, and their mothers, and YouTube postings clearly show that underneath this apparent modification lies the same insensitive, uncaring fanatically ideological politician who the public wants to replace.

In theory, the public could wait until the end of 2018 to replace Mr. Peotter. Unfortunately, that wait has serious implications and consequences.

The city will pass another budget during Mr. Peotter’s remaining tenure, the general plan will be revisited, capital improvements will be made and economic decisions will be made with long-term ramifications. To allow Mr. Peotter to continue to have influence over these decisions will continue to take the city in a direction it has overwhelmingly said it does not want to go.

And finally, there is the political reality of what waiting till November 2018 allows Team Newport to do. In a general election, Mr. Peotter is on the ballot with any number of challengers. I would not put it past Team Newport to place one or more additional candidates on the ballot to split the vote and return Mr. Peotter to City Hall for another four years. On the other hand, a recall vote is a clean up or down vote with regard to the performance of Mr. Peotter. If Councilman Peotter truly believes that he represents the people of Newport Beach, he should have no hesitation in subjecting his reputation and performance to a single, direct vote of the people. The people do not want another four years of Scott Peotter, or four years of a clone who is still manipulated by Dave Ellis and his friends. The people want a change.

The recall effort, like the revolt against Museum House and the uprising for a reversal of the gas tax vote, is an organic citizen led movement that has emerged as a direct response to the insensitivity and disdain Scott Peotter and his ideological fellow travelers have shown for the public. Had Scott Peotter listened during the Museum House debate, had Mr. Peotter listened prior to rejecting the gas tax revenues, had Mr. Peotter listened at any time during his almost three years on the city council, the people could most likely be persuaded to wait. Unfortunately, Mr. Peotter does not listen and, therefore, the people cannot wait.

Phil Greer

Newport Beach

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Susan G. Komen OC teams up with LA Chargers for Race for the Cure


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For the 26th year, Susan G. Komen Orange County’s Race for the Cure®, the largest and most successful breast cancer fundraiser in California, will unite thousands of supporters, breast cancer survivors and advocates this Sunday, Sept. 24, at Newport Beach’s Fashion Island.

Komen Orange County is excited to announce a partnership with the Los Angeles Chargers, who will raise awareness and funds through the creation of team Chargers for the Cure. Travis Benjamin, wide receiver and return specialist has been named Honorary Race Chair. Benjamin has been personally impacted by breast cancer: his mother, grandmother and aunt have all fought the battle against this disease.

Themed “Be More Than Pink,” this year’s race encourages participants to do more: to fundraise and to get more involved! The nonprofit’s goal is to raise $2 million at Race for the Cure to fund Komen’s Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths in the U.S. by 50 percent by 2026. Funds raised will support expanding access to cancer care for the underserved population and research focusing on aggressive breast cancer types and metastatic disease.

A special tribute will honor Robin Pollok, who performed the National Anthem at the event since 2000, but this past year she lost her third battle to breast cancer. Pollok’s 17-year-old daughter, Emily, will perform at the event in place of her mother, who despite her numerous surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy treatments, never missed a race.

Komen Orange County’s first male chair, Doug McKay, community grant and giving chair for Macys Orange County, will serve as the Race Chair for the fourth consecutive year. Having lost his wife to cancer at age 27, he carries a deep understanding and passion for the mission of this event. McKay is guiding the race leadership committee in the strategic planning to make the event a success.

“On any given day in Orange County, at least five women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and one will die from the disease. For many of them, it does not have to be so. Early detections and treatments can save their lives,” McKay said. “It’s one thing to be aware of breast cancer, it’s another to do something about it. We’re very thankful for the thousands of people who participate in the race, who make pink so much more than a color by cheering for our cause, donating and raising funds!”

The Komen Orange County Race for the Cure is open to participants of all ages and skill levels, who are welcome to run, walk or stroll the course. For early birds, the first 5K begins at 7:15 a.m. with a “PLUS Timing Chip” option for those who plan to run the course. The Kids One-Mile Fun Run & Walk presented by Knott’s Berry Farm begins at 8 a.m., and a second 5K will begin at 9:45 a.m. for those who prefer a more relaxed pace. At 8:45 a.m., thousands of survivors will fill the steps of the Pacific Life Insurance Building after the Breast Cancer Survivor Parade, followed by the Survivor Tribute – a memorable and moving ceremony highlighted by the national anthem and the release of white doves to recognize survivors and pay tribute to those who lost their battle to the disease.

Race attendees also will have the opportunity to explore the Whole Health Expo and learn more about breast health, community resources and much more. New this year, all registered participants are invited to visit the “Orange Zone” hosted by Orangetheory Fitness to receive a 12-minute High Intensity Interval Training workout.

“Last year alone, Komen Orange County was able to assist more than 16,000 Orange County residents with their breast health needs,” said Lisa Wolter, Executive Director of Susan G. Komen Orange County. “The funds we raise at Race for the Cure are capital for the success of our mission of saving lives and ensuring that all people, regardless of race, income, geographic location, sexual orientation or insurance status, have access to screening and to quality, effective treatment and treatment support services.”

Race registration is still open. General registration for adults is $35; breast cancer survivors, $30; youth under 18, $15; and day-of registration, $40 for all participants. The Komen-branded “PLUS Timing Chip,” available for an additional $5 donation in the 7:15 a.m. race, allows competitive runners to show off their skills by tracking their times on a scoreboard. In celebration of the 26th race, participants can donate $26 at the time of registration to receive a limited edition I AM MORE THAN PINK medal. Those who can’t attend can still participate by registering as a Virtual Participant for $45 and receive a T-shirt and race bib by mail.

Race Day Schedule

The 26th annual Komen Orange County Race for the Cure kicks off with a Whole Health Expo at 6:30 a.m. in front of the Pacific Life Building at 700 Newport Center Drive. At 9 a.m., breast cancer survivors will be honored during the Survivor Tribute. Three different races will begin on Newport Center Drive.

Times are as follows:

5K Run/Walk - 7:15 a.m.; separate starting area for runners/PLUS Timing Chip participants

Kids One-Mile Fun Run & Walk - 8 a.m.

5K Run/Walk - 9:45 a.m.

Seventy-five percent of funds raised stay in Orange County and provide breast health education, screening and treatment for uninsured or underinsured community members. The other 25 percent raised benefits Komen research and scientific grant programs, which support groundbreaking breast cancer research.

Local Presenting Sponsors include The Allergan Foundation, Chevron and Knott’s Berry Farm. The Platinum Sponsors are ABC7, Pacific Life Insurance Company (Home of the Race), Ralphs and Food for Less. Diamond Sponsors are First American Title Insurance Company, Hot Ticket Racing, and Carol and Becky Burch.

Participants can register individually or as a team at

Coastal Cleanup Day: A rousing success


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County Coastkeeper

The stats are in and show that our community, which pitched in to clean up Newport Bay on Coastal Cleanup Day, Sept. 16, truly made a difference!

Newport Beach Cleanup By the Numbers:

193 volunteers

218 pounds of trash collected

35 pounds of recyclables

3.5 miles cleaned

85 percent brought reusable supplies

Most unusual trash: About 100 single socks

More than 52,000 volunteers joined Coastal Cleanup Day across California!

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School Notes


Board of Education Meeting, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 6 p.m. 

State of the Schools Breakfast, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 7 - 9 a.m. at Costa Mesa High School.

College & Career Night, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 6:30 - 9 p.m. at the OC Fair & Events Center.

Corona del Mar High School

Back to School Night, Thursday, Sept. 28, 6 - 8 p.m. 

Minimum Day, Friday, Sept. 29, out at 12:30 p.m.


Back to school night, September 27, 6 p.m. presentation in the gym and 6:40 p.m. classroom visits.

Mariners Elementary

Mariners Pacific Chorale Academy is an exciting opportunity for students currently in grades 1 - 6 to participate in an award-winning vocal music program. Students will sing with NMUSD music teachers and professional teaching artists from the Pacific Chorale from a variety of repertoires. Instruction will be offered in music reading and proper vocal techniques. Students will be provided sheet music, a music folder and a Pacific Chorale Academy Shirt.

Dates: Fall semester: Every Tuesday and Thursday from September 26 - December 6
Spring semester: Every Tuesday and Thursday from January 9 - April 12

Program times:
Grades 4 - 6, “Academy Choir” Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:40 - 3:40 p.m.
Grades 1 - 3, “Crescendo Choir” Thursdays, 2:10 - 3:10 p.m.
Note that this program occurs during the school day for grades 1 - 3, and is partly during the school day and partly after school for grades 4 - 6.

Newport Heights

Shark Week beings Monday, Sept. 25 with Nerd Day; Tuesday is the Foundation Scavenger Hunt; Wednesday is College Day; Thursday is Hollywood in the Heights and Friday is Shark Pride Day. All of the events include links to higher academic success. 

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Rallying for hurricane relief continues

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Local organizations continue to rally around relief efforts for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Please join them in showing your support by donating much-needed items for the relief effort.

The following items are needed and whatever you can donate is greatly appreciated! Clean out your closets and/or pick up a couple extra items the next time you are shopping around town. Please try to sort bags by item type (e.g., children’s clothes, women’s clothing, etc.) and label bags with a general description of the contents for easier sorting.

The following items are most needed:

Gently used clothing, blankets and towels

Cleaning supplies


School supplies


Unopened cat and dog food

All donated items will be transported to the Houston area in early October.

For more information and to make a financial donation, visit the Go Fund Me Link at


Sunday Musicale: “Four Hands One Piano”


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(L-R): Marina Grozdanovic and Lucy Nargizyan

Come experience “Four Hands One Piano” at Sunday Musicale, Sept. 24 from 3 to 4 p.m. featuring the piano duo of Lucy Nargizyan and Marina Grozdanovic.

Nargizyan has been described as “a pianist with fluent grace, beautiful tone, great technique and presence.” She has been featured as soloist, chamber musician and accompanist throughout the United States, Europe and her native Russia.

Grozdanovic is a pianist whose performance critics describe as “virtuosic yet extremely expressive.” She was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia and has had a career as a soloist and chamber musician with performances throughout the United States, Yugoslavia, Russia, Italy, Spain and Germany. Presented by Friends of the Newport Beach Library.

The performance takes place at the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Little Lido Shoo Fly! today at Lido Marina Village

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Kids! Head over to Lido Marina Village today (with your special adult) for a morning of fun from 10 to 11 a.m. with Little Lido Shoo Fly! Day.

Enjoy a story about a little horsefly and a honeybee, then create a special fly of your own. After your crafts session, head over to Bailey 44, Eberjey, Juice Served Here, Lido Village Books, Sweaty Betty and Yolk for some great discounts on purchases.

Lido Marina Village is located at 3434 Via Lido, Newport Beach.

Farm to Fork: A Foodie’s Point of View Fork


A night of delicious magic for guests of the Golden Foodie Awards this weekend

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The Golden Foodie Awards is getting ready to announce the 2017 winners in 18 categories during the 6th annual award show at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. The Golden Foodie Awards honors and celebrates chefs, bartenders, and food & drink of chef driven and independent restaurants throughout Orange County.

The red carpet gala will be joined by the who’s who in the culinary world, including the celebrity master of ceremonies, Simon Majumdar from the Food Network.

The Golden Foodie Awards will kick off with tantalizing food and libation stations for guests to enjoy with Ketel One Vodka, Roca Patron cocktails, Maker’s Mark, Acqua Panna water and wines by Bouchaine. Kean Coffee will have an iced coffee bar. Some of Orange County’s finest restaurants will be serving phenomenal food. Restaurants and food that will be enjoyed include: Angelina’s Pizzeria, Filomena’s, Pascal & Baja Shellfish Farms, Mozambique, Sol Agave, Pizzeria Ortica, Mix Mix Kitchen & Bar, Waterman’s, Hook & Spear, Red O, Legado, House of Blues, Skyloft, Urbana, Puesto, Taco Rosa and Melissa’s Produce.

During the awards ceremony, guests will delight in more delicious bites and drinks including champagne by Nicolas Feuillatte, Acqua Panna Water, chocolate saucissons by Mixed Bakery, Muscat grapes and premium nuts from Melissa’s Produce, breads and assorted cheese from Sadie Rose, toffee by B.Toffee, an assortment of hand painted sugar and chocolate cookies with “Words of Wisdom” by Ashley Guzman-Rose, and Red Velvet Petit Fours by Julie Thomas from Sweet Surrender.

Guests will end the evening in style with a Garden of Eden Lounge After Party, enjoying four lounges that feature Maker’s Mark, Patron, DCS & Ketel One Vodka, DJ Miss Ninja, Super Sexy PB & J Bar by Sadie Rose Baking Co., Ice Cream Sammiches by Chunk-N-Chip, Decor and Lounges by Sweet Salvage and Green Effect Event Foliage.

Nominees & Presenters of the 2017 Golden Foodies are:

2017 Bartender of the Year

Jose Zepeda - Hopscotch

Paul Joseph Piane - Orange Hill Restaurant

Tanner Johnson - Watertable

Presenting the award: Tim Sample and Leanne Chau with Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits

2017 Best Cocktails in Orange County

Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens

Vine Restaurant & Bar


Presenting the award: Tim Sample and Leanne Chau with Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits

2017 Best Bar Program

The Ranch Restaurant

The Blind Rabbit

Vine Restaurant & Bar

Presenting the award: Celebrity Chef Marcel Vigneron and Brett Goering with Ketel One Vodka

2017 Best Lunch Spot in Orange County

The Deck

Sgt. Pepperoni’s

Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens

Presenting the award: Judy Walker with Golden Rule Charity and Rob Wilson Executive Chef of Montage Laguna Beach

2017 Best Brunch in Orange County


Old Vine Café

Taco Rosa

Presenting the award: Judy Walker with Golden Rule Charity and Rob Wilson Executive Chef of Montage Laguna Beach

2017 Best New Restaurant

Taco Brat

Mix Mix

Recess Room

Presenting the award: Neil Saavedra with KFI’s The Fork Report and Steve Dickler with Chef Toys

2017 Rising Star Chef of the Year

Chef Joel Harrington - Lido Bottle Works

Chef JT Walker - Pacific Hideaway

Chef Manny Velasco - SOL Agave

Presenting the award: Stacy Zeller and Peter Blake with Melissa’s Produce

2017 Favorite Food Influencer in Orange County

Connie Bang-Co Aboubakare - OC Comestibles

Neil Saavedra - The Fork Report

Sondra Barker - Pretty Fit Foodie

Presenting the award: Kelly Lam with The Whole Purpose and Wing Lam from Wahoos

2017 Best Wine Program

The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar

Napa Rose

The Ranch Restaurant 

Presenting the award: Michael Cho and Michael Jordan, Master Sommelier

2017 Best Beer Program




Presenting the award: Chad Ceretto with the Newport Beach Marriott and Chef Andy Arndt of Hook and Spear

2017 Outstanding Community Service

Bruno Serrato - Anaheim White House

Dave Hanna - Hanna’s Prime Steak

Pascal Olhats - Pascal’s

Presenting the award: Andrew Harris with the SoCal Restaurant Show and Dennis Kuhl Chairman of the Anaheim Angels

2017 Restaurateur of the Year

Alicia Whitney - SeaSalt & SeaLegs, Huntington Beach

Teresa Razo - Villa Roma, Laguna Hills

Blake Mellgren - Craft House, Dana Point

Presenting the award: Food Network Star Aarti Sequeira and Chef Jamie Gwen

2017 Best Dessert Menu in Orange County

Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen

Mixed Bakery


Presenting the award: Betsy Thagard and Cathy Thomas

2017 Best Entree in Orange County

Cowboy Ribeye - The Ranch Restaurant

Bosscat Burger - Bosscat Kitchen+Libations

Korean Fried Chicken - Krave Asian Fusion Restaurant

Presenting the award: Ashley Richardson and John Pettus, Aloha/SDCR

2017 Best Service Award

The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar

Selanne Steak Tavern

Villa Roma

Presenting the award: Corinne Baughman and Nick Bergamo with Moss Adams

2017 Pastry Chef of the Year

David Rossi

Elyssa Fournier

Jorge Sotelo

Presenting the award: Pastry Chef’s Ashley Guzman, ARG Bakery and Rachel Klemek, Blackmarket Bakery

2017 Chef of the Year

Chef Rich Mead

Chef Ross Pangilinan

Chef Michael Rossi

Presenting the award: Chef Zov of Zov’s and Chef Andrew Sutton, Napa Rose

Lifetime Achievement Award

Presenting the award: Pamela Waitt, President of the OC Restaurant Association

Stay tuned for the winners!

Ciao Vincenza!

Reading in the Redwoods at ENC

Leaf Man

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On Sunday, Sept. 24 from 9 to 11 a.m. join the Environmental Nature Center for a “Tree Hug Hike” out to the Redwood Forest with Valerie Bain. Enjoy a morning relaxing under their tallest trees while Bain reads “Leaf Man” by Lois Ehlert. What a great way to welcome Fall!

Afterward, children and their adults will go on a leaf collecting hike, make leaf rubbings, create their own leaf man and meet a decomposer that recycles dead leaves.

Parents must remain with children at all times. All ages are welcome. Bring your own blanket or towel. Cost: $5 per child, pre-registered member; $7 per child, pre-registered non-member; and $10 per child, unregistered walk-in.

Environmental Nature Center is located at 601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach.

Valerie Bain

Valerie Bain engages her listeners during a book reading

Retired OC pastor returns and now displays paintings

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Maui Surf by Gene Swanson

A series of paintings evoking photorealism by artist Gene Swanson will be on display September 18 - October 18, at John Wayne Airport (JWA) as part of JWA’s community Focus Space Program. 

These works can be viewed on the Departure (upper) Level near security screening areas in Terminals A, B and C, and on the Arrival (lower) Level adjacent to Baggage Carousels 1 and 4.

“Guests at John Wayne Airport will have the opportunity to appreciate the impeccable detail of Mr. Swanson’s work,” said Board Chairwoman Michelle Steel. “His paintings are so meticulous that it’s easy to see why some mistake his work for photographs.”

Swanson is a visual artist who began his art career in retirement. He studied painting and is self-taught in portrait sculpture. When commissioned for portrait sculptures, he seeks to capture the individual likeness of each person’s unique character.

He references F. Scott Fitzgerald’s quote about there being no second acts in America by saying, “The sculpting and these paintings I have done in retirement say au contraire (on the contrary) to Mr. Fitzgerald.”

Swanson is a retired pastor who served in Newport Beach for 22 years. Upon retirement and a move back to Orange County, he was ready to start a new career.

Swanson’s first paid commission portrait sculpting was of James Doti, Ph.D., former President of Chapman University. 

While working on sculpting commissions, Swanson studied portrait painting in pastel. He credits Saddleback Emeritus Institute classes and instructors with advancing his artistic background and abilities. 

As a current Laguna Woods resident, Swanson has shown his work in the Laguna Beach Art-A-Fair, had a one person show in the Laguna Woods Art Association, and has received numerous first prize and also Best of Show prizes in the Laguna Woods Art Association juried art shows.

Upcoming Community Focus Space Program artists include Zvi Peshkess (October 18 - November 16) and Evalyn Morris (November 16 - December 19).

To learn more about JWA’s Art Programs, visit

Fairhaven Memorial honors CdM businesswoman

Gina Kay

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CdM resident Gina Kay, founder of In Home Care Solutions and Health Care Academy

Corona del Mar resident Gina Kay, founder of In Home Care Solutions and Health Care Academy in Costa Mesa, has enjoyed a storied career that spans practicing medicine and working in television and film industry in Hollywood. She is the newest recipient of the Oliver Halsell Care Award from Fairhaven Memorial Park & Mortuary.

Fairhaven Memorial created the recognition program in 2012 to pay tribute to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional care in their profession and community, improving the lives and spirits of those they help.

“We are happy to honor Gina Kay for the impact she is making in home care – an area of health care that grows more important every year,” said Rod Gomez, general manager of Fairhaven Memorial Park. “Gina has a well-rounded background, and we are impressed that she created not only a company to provide home care services, but also a school that ensures that home care workers are properly prepared for their important and very demanding roles in the home.”

Born in Brazil, Kay has always known she wanted to be in a career where she helped others. In 2003, she founded In Home Care Solutions, a premier home care company serving all of Orange County, and Health Care Academy, a school that provides education for nurses, medical assistants, certified nurse assistants and home health care aids.

“I’ve done many things through my life but I have to say that when I see our elderly clients enjoying life because of the work our home care employees have lovingly provided, I’m very proud and happy,” Kay said. She cited a recent example of her client, a 104-year-old woman who lives in Laguna Woods, who is still enjoying ballroom dancing with her 87-year-old boyfriend.

Kay, who speaks seven languages, practiced medicine in both Brazil and various parts of the U.S. and served as an adviser on medically oriented television shows before finally settling in Orange County and embarking on her career in home healthcare.

Fairhaven is currently accepting nominations for the 2018 Oliver Halsell Care Awards. For more information and to nominate an outstanding citizen, call 714.633.1442 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Laura Tarbox to offer investment advice at NB Public Library

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Laura Tarbox, Certified Financial Planner™

Laura Tarbox, a UCLA graduate with 37 years of investment and financial planning experience, will speak at the non-profit educational event, “It’s Your Money!” on Monday, Sept. 25 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Newport Beach Central Library’s Friends Room. This free session is part of a series on Financial Planning, with this week’s focus on finding the right adviser and how to think about your overall financial plan.

Tarbox, who founded her own wealth advisory firm in 1985, focuses on true, fee-only financial planning (including estate and tax planning, charitable giving, insurance and retirement optimization) for the total financial well-being of her clients. She will talk about how to find the right adviser, along with comprehensive financial planning and how to develop a healthy investment philosophy.

The program will be moderated by Peter Kote, founder of the workshop series and the not-for-profit www/

Friends of Harbor, Beaches and Parks celebrates 20th anniversary


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The regional non-profit, Friends of Harbors, Beaches and Parks (FHBP) will hold its 20th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The event will be held at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center, 2301 University Drive in Upper Newport Bay. FHBP has been working to protect natural lands throughout Orange County since the County’s bankruptcy that took much-needed resources away from our parks. Through their efforts, 1,300 acres across Orange County have been preserved forever, with 400 more acres being restored to native habitat.

Highlights of the October 14 event include photographs with several rehabilitated wild animals from the Nature of Wildworks; delicious hors d’oeuvres and drinks while overlooking Upper Newport Bay; bidding opportunities on creative silent auction items; great conversations and reunions with old and new friends; and a memorable evening with supporters and partners.

You won’t want to miss this! Each ticket includes one complimentary alcoholic beverage (must be 21 years or older). Tickets purchased on or before Saturday, Sept. 30 are $40 per person. For more details, visit

Echo56: New homes define beach lifestyle


ECHO56 residence on Seashore

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This ECHO56 residence offers breathtaking ocean and sunset views

StuNewsNewport Publisher Tom Johnson and I had the pleasure of being invited to view Echo56, a new home community situated on Seashore Drive and River Avenue –  known as Echo Beach. These new premier properties pay homage to 56th Street, the most legendary beach in Newport. The development offers sit-down, whitewater and Catalina views. The evening’s festivities included tray-passed hors d’oeuvres, a raw bar, signature cocktails, live entertainment and an art exhibit: ‘80s at Echo Beach.

Echo Beach, a 100-yard stretch of sand along our coast, harkens back to the rule-breakers and fashion trendsetters that set the stage back in the early 1980s for the now quintessential Southern California surf culture.

Situated near the infamous Lifeguard Tower 56, this community exemplifies the laidback coastal lifestyle while simultaneously offering luxurious amenities. The main living spaces are located on the bottom floor; the sprawling Master Suite with dual walk-in closets and built-ins occupies the second floor; then ascend to the rooftop deck with myriad ocean and sunset views. These three bedroom, three bath residences measure either 2,291 or 2,799 square feet.

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(L-R): Real estate agents Ann E. Metzger, Christopher Moreno and Cassie Hammond, Surterre Properties

Echo56 is presented by Cassie Hammond, Christopher Moreno and Ann E. Metzger with Surterre Properties. Sale prices range from $2,502,000 - $3,900,000.

For additional information and to reach the agents, visit

Members of the NB Boardriders Club

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Members of the Newport Beach Boardriders Club

CdM Home Tour tickets on sale now


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The 44th Annual Corona del Mar Home Tour takes place Tuesday, October 24, offering the public a unique opportunity to view beautiful homes throughout Corona del Mar and Newport Beach.

Your ticket (passport to visit the homes) for $80 entitles you to the following:

8 - 10 a.m., Light breakfast at Le Pain Quotidien, Fashion Island (also Will Call pickup)

10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Home Tour

11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Luncheon by Pascal at Sherman Library & Gardens, Corona del Mar

11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Boutique at Sherman Library & Gardens, Corona del Mar

4 - 6 p.m., Afternoon reception at Bliss Home & Design, Corona del Mar

For more information and tickets, visit

Roger’s Gardens to open Christmas Boutique

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All that is merry and bright sparkles in the Joyeux Noel Christmas Boutique at Roger’s Gardens, opening Friday, October 6. Come celebrate the diversity and richness of European Christmas traditions while enhancing them with modern influences and themes.

Roger’s Gardens buyers have traveled over rooftops to bring you curated holiday gifts and decorations that showcase some of the oldest European craftsmanship, where families pass traditional art forms from generation to generation. Glass ornaments are hand blown and hand decorated in family workshops in Poland, and Nutcrackers made in Germany accompany seasonal dinnerware from Portugal and Italy.

Whether you stay up to watch the first star in the night sky on Christmas Eve or leave a stocking for Santa or a shoe for St. Nicholas, Christmas is a time to celebrate traditions and create new memories.

Roger’s Gardens is located at 2302 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona del Mar. Call 949.640.5800.

Pet of the Week Dog and Cat print

StuNewsNewport is delighted to be working with the Newport Beach Animal Shelter to help get the word out in search of loving homes for pets that deserve a warm, nurturing environment and a place to call “home.”


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Animal Shelter


Yankee is a 1-year-old Chihuahua mix. He loves playing fetch with toys and will bring the toy right back to you.

Adoption costs at the shelter:

Dogs - $130

Puppies - $150

Cats - $90

Kittens - $110

At any given time, the shelter can have 4 - 5 dogs and 7 - 8 cats/kittens available for adoption. At times, they receive owner turn-ins that would do best adopted out together. 

If you are interested in finding out more about Yankee, or any other animals up for adoption, the Newport Beach Animal Shelter is located at 20302 Riverside Drive, Newport Beach. It is open daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 949.644.3656. Email Valerie Schomburg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To find out how you can help support the shelter, visit and click on “Our Animal Shelter” to view the wish list. They can always use food & treats; new toys; grooming, hygiene & comfort products; as well as laundry soap, dish soap, paper towels, sponges & scrub pads and lint rollers. If you are interested in volunteering, you can fill out and sign the application on the website.

For A Good Cause

From Golf to Galas: Supporting Our Community

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Race for the Cure | Sunday, September 24. Beginning at 6 a.m. Race for the Cure is Komen Orange County’s annual 5K run/walk, and the largest fundraiser of its kind in Orange County. Join thousands of supporters, breast cancer survivors and families gathering with a common vision: a world without breast cancer.Tickets: $35.

Contact: Stacy Davis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 714.957.9157, ext. 34,

Takes place at Fashion Island, 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County | 53rd Annual Gourmet Dinner, Thursday, September 28. Join Big Brothers Big Sisters for its premier networking event that brings together more than 400 of Orange County’s most influential business leaders. At the nonprofit’s largest fundraiser of the year, guests enjoy a multicourse dinner, opportunity drawings, chances to bid on exciting live auction experiences and a heartfelt presentation from a child about the life-changing relationship he shares with his mentor.Honors Joseph Ueberroth as the Joel K. Rubenstein Man of the Year. Hosted by Actor David Arquette. Scotch and Cigar Bar Reception at 6 p.m.; Dinner & Live Auction at 7 p.m. Attire: Black Tie Formal. Tickets: $1,000; Table Sponsorships from $15,000.

Contact: Sloan Keane at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 714.619.7048,

Takes place at Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach.

Art of Design | Saturday, October 7 at 5 p.m. Enjoy an action-packed evening with food, rinks and live music, as well as a silent auction. The highlight of the night is the showcase and auction of one-of-a-kind seats designed and created by local interior designers – creativity is the only rule! All event proceeds benefit Illumination Foundation. Tickets: $100.

Contact: Sinae Bang, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 949.273.0555, ext. 204,

The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders | Saturday, October 7. 3rd Annual Hope & Help Gala – The Sky is the Limit. Raises awareness for those living with autism spectrum disorder (asd) and other neurodevelopmental disorders. This event honors Bonnie Gillman for her tireless advocacy, dedication and commitment in support of families and individuals with ASD. The evening will feature a Champagne reception, live and silent auctions, dinner and amazing views. All proceeds benefit the enter’s hallmark programs in critical care, education & training and research.


Takes place at The Resort at Pelican Hill, 22701 Pelican Hill Road South, Newport Coast.

Crystal Cove Conservancy 15th Annual Gala | Saturday, October 7 at 5:30 p.m. Crystal Cove Conservancy’s most anticipated event features dinner, dancing, and silent & live auctions, with proceeds benefiting CCC’s mission of restoration of Crystal Cove State Park. Tickets: $400; Table Sponsorships, $5,000 - $50,000.

Contact: Kate Wheeler, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 949.376.6200, ext. 205,

Takes place at the bluff-top overlooking Crystal Cove State Park offering a magical night under the stars.

Be Great Gala | Saturday, October 14 at 5:30 p.m. This premier annual fundraising event highlights the impact made by the Boys & Girls Club in the lives of those the organization serves. It’s an elegant and entertaining night that includes dinner and a silent and live auction, while remaining focused on the mission of the club and the kids.Tickets: $300; Sponsorships available.

Contact: Kelly Shannon, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 714.565.1098,

Takes place at Newport Beach Marriott & Spa, 900 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

SAVE THE DATE! HomeAid of Orange County | Doorways for Hope Gala, “Denim and Diamonds”, Saturday, November 4 from 6 - 10 p.m. For 28 years, HomeAid Orange County has worked with the Orange County community to provide housing as the first step for those who suddenly find they have no place to call home. By building these doorways, HomeAid, along with those who provide their support, offers hope to those who are experiencing homelessness and starts them on their journey of rebuilding their lives. Sponsorship opportunities are available.


Takes place at Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach.

Newport’s Best Bets in Arts & Entertainment

From Live Theater to Community Happenings, enjoy these!

Classic Cars

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Balboa Car Show | Every Sunday from 7 - 9 a.m. 

Fun Zone Parking lot, 600 E. Bay Ave., Balboa Peninsula

Back Bay Science Center, 600 Shellmaker Road, Newport Beach.

ONCE, Continuing through September 30. Performance times and ticket prices vary. This musical is based on the motion picture written and directed by John Carney and the book by Enda Walsh. “Once” tells the story of a Dublin street musician about to abandon his dream when a beautiful woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to new heights, and their connection becomes more than an everyday romance. A captivating tale that will draw you in from the very first note. Takes place on South Coast Repertory’s Segerstrom Stage. Recommended for ages 13 and above.

Contact: Box office, 714.708.5555,

South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa


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Death by Design, Continuing through October 15, performance times vary. What happens when you mx the brilliant wit of Noel Coward with the intricate plotting of Agatha Christie? Set during a weekend in an English country manor in 1932, Death by Design is a delightful and mysterious “mash-up” of two of the greatest English writers of all time. This wonderful new comedy will delight! Tickets range from $20 - $25. Takes place at Newport Theatre Arts Center, 2501 Cliff Drive, Newport Beach.

Memories in the Making, Continuing through November 3. Newport Beach City Arts Commission presents an exhibition of artwork from the Memories in the Making program of Alzheimer’s Orange County. More than 20 pieces, created by program participants with Alzheimer’s, Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), or related dementias. A special presentation about the art, artists and the Memories in the Making program will be held on October 3 at 7 p.m. in the Friends Meeting Room at the Central Library.


Takes place at Central Library, 100 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Family Fun Night, September 21 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Come and spend a special evening in the Gardens - bring your own picnic, watch a family-friendly movie and enjoy family fun games like twister, giant Jenga, beach bag toss and more. Why cook at home when you can spend a wonderful evening picknicking in the Gardens! No host beer and win bar. Admission to the Gardens is $5 per person or $20 for a family of four or more. Members are free.

Contact: 949.673.2261,

Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.

Timree Paint Class, Ice Cream Trio, September 22 from 4 - 5:30 p.m. Geared to youngsters ages 6 - 12 for an after-school playdate. Cost: $40.

Contact: Sign up online at Call 949.723.1300.

Takes place at Timree’s new art studio: 1651 Westcliff Drive, Newport Beach.

Movie in the Park – “The Lego Batman Movie,” September 22 at 6 p.m. Free popcorn and candy. Food available for purchase.


Takes place at Cliff Drive Park, 301 Riverside Ave., Newport Beach.

Lego Batman Movie

Timree Paint Class, Date Night! Team Spirit, September 22 from 7 - 9 p.m. Sign up for two people for this step-by-step paint lesson. Must be 18 years or older. Cost: $100.

Contact: Sign up online at Call 949.723.1300.

Takes place at Timree’s new art studio: 1651 Westcliff Drive, Newport Beach.

Meet the Artists of Glasscapes, September 22 from 7 - 9 p.m. This evening toasts the creators of Glasscapes. Artists Cristy Aloysi and Scott Graham of Viscosity Studios will share how they became artists and discuss their creative process. Enjoy light appetizers and live music. This event is free. RSVP online at the website.

Contact: 949.673.2261,

Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.


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Painting Class – Glass Sculptures in the Gardens, September 23 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Join local artist Carol Kreider as she teaches you how to paint with watercolors. In this class, you will explore and be inspired by the Glasscapes glass structures that are in the Gardens. Maximum 12 people. Fee: Friends, $35; Non-Members, $45.

Contact: 949.673.2261,

Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.

Timree Paint Class, Pineapple Bouquet, September 23 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. All painters must be 6 years of age or older. Cost: $50.

Contact: Sign up online at Call 949.723.1300.

Takes place at Timree’s new art studio: 1651 Westcliff Drive, Newport Beach

An Evening with Joshua Bell, September 23 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $49. Like no other violinist of recent times, Joshua Bell has captured the imaginations of both critics and audiences. Bell is a true classical music superstar, enjoying a successful concert career; famous chamber music collaborations; occasional partnerships with artists outside the classical arena, including Josh Groban, James Taylor and Sting; and performances as featured soloist in movie soundtracks, including, famously, “The Red Violin.” Carl St.Clair conducts the Pacific Symphony.


Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Newport Beach.

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RVCA & City of Newport Beach Surf Championships, September 23 - 24. All recreational amateur divisions. Entry deadline is Thursday, Sept. 21 at 4 p.m. Entry fee of $30 includes an event shirt. A schedule of events will be posted online by the end of the day, Friday, Sept. 22. All enrolled participants will be emailed a copy of the event schedule. 

Contact: Call 949.644.3151,

Takes place at 54th or 56th Street, depending on where the waves are best.

Kure It Cancer Research Sunday Funday, September 24 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. This second annual event is uniquely designed with a fresh twist on the traditional cancer walk. Sunday Funday will bring the corporate community and families of Orange County together in the fight against cancer at Newport Dunes. There will be various activities and games, access to paddle boards, kayaks and canoes, a kids zone, live music, food trucks and a beer garden, all focused on community, promoting exercise and wellness. Registration rates go up on September 1. All adult participants will receive a Sunday Funday T-shirt. Wear active wear, comfortable shoes, hat or sunglasses recommended, a bathing suit for water activities, sunscreen and a refillable water bottle. Parking is $10. 

Contact: For more information and tickets, visit, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach.

Sunday Musicale, September 24 from 3 - 4 p.m. “Four Hands One Piano,” featuring the piano duo of Lucy Nargizyan and Marina Grozdanovic. Nargizyan has been described as “a pianist with fluent grace, beautiful tone, great technique and presence.” She has been featured as soloist, chamber musician and accompanist throughout the United States, Europe and her native Russia. Grozdanovic is a pianist whose performance critics describe as “virtuosic yet extremely expressive.” She was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia and has had a career as a soloist and chamber musician with performances throughout the United States, Yugoslavia, Russia, Italy, Spain and Germany. Presented by Friends of the Newport Beach Library.


Takes place at the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Timree Paint Class, Glittered Cactus, September 24 from 1 - 3 p.m. All painters must be 6 years of age or older. Cost: $50.

Contact: Sign up online at Call 949.723.1300.

Takes place at Timree’s new art studio: 1651 Westcliff Drive, Newport Beach.

By the Glass – Sculpture Exhibit and Wine Tasting, September 24 from 3 - 6 p.m. Sherman Library & Gardens is partnering with Leverage Wines to bring you the first in a series of beer and wine tasting events to highlight the Glasscapes exhibit currently on display. Leverage is hand-crafted in Paso Robles and specializes in Rhone-style wines. Proceeds will go toward sustaining the research library, botanical gardens and the year-round calendar of educational programs. Guests will enjoy live entertainment by BLCK Noise, picnic areas and wine all while taking in the beautiful gardens. Fee: Members, $30; Non-Members, $45. Special Two Ticket Pricing: Friends, $45; Non-Members, $75 which includes three 4 oz. glasses of wine per person.

Contact: 949.673.2261,

Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.

Soul of Korea, September 24 at 4 p.m. Tickets start at $20. The Irvine Korean Parent Association is pleased to present Soul of Korea in commemorating its 20th Anniversary. This concert will showcase Korean American performers from the Korean American Youth Performing Association (KAYPA) and the Korean American Music Academy (KAMA), an internationally renowned pianist, Sung Chang, award-winning young soloists, Sean Lee and Daniel Paik, and feature Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra and its conductor, Dr. Roger Kalia as guest artists. 


Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Cars & Café, September 25, October 30, November 26 and December 25. Hundreds of car enthusiasts flock for the monthly Cars & Café event at Moulin. You will view more than 100 luxury automobiles from antiques to exotics. Guests can sip free coffee as they meet and mingle with automobile owners and collectors.


Moulin Bistro, 1000 Bristol St. North, Ste. 10, Newport Beach.

Happy Hour Yoga, September 29 at 6 p.m. Find Your Zen owner Christina Ratusznik, a certified yoga instructor and nutritionist, will ead a special after-hours Yoga class in the Gardens which will be hosted by a different local community partner each month. Enjoy and hour of flow Yoga followed by a signature cocktail or special treat. Fee: Friends, $10; Non-Members, $20. Bring your own mat and towel. Minimum of 3 people. Register at the website.

Contact: 949.673.2261,

Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.

Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin, People’s Republic of China, September 30 at 2 and 8 p.m. Tickets start at $19. One of China’s most acclaimed acrobatic troupes, The Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin features a company of more than 100 performers. For their Center debut, these award-winning artists will demonstrate breathtaking feats of balance, juggling, acrobatics, kung fu and more, in a show certain to delight the whole family.


Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Newport Beach.

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in Concert, October 6- 7 at Segerstrom Hall. Performance times vary. The Harry Potter Film Concert Series returns to Segerstrom Center for the Arts with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the third film in the Harry Potter series. The acclaimed Pacific Symphony will perform the magical score from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban while the film plays in high-definition on a 40-foot screen. The Harry Potter Film Concert Series, which is another magical experience from J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, kicked off in June 2016 with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and is scheduled to include hundreds of performances across more than 35 countries around the world through 2018. Tickets start at $49.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787,

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Newport Beach.

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Shi Zhiying, October 7 - December 31. In her first solo U.S. museum exhibition, Shanghai-based Shi Zhiying demonstrates the influences that Buddhism and the natural world have on her approach to painting. She is highly regarded in her native China for stark monochromatic paintings of uniform vistas – open water, Zen sand gardens, carpets of grass and facades of weathered ancient structures. This exhibition continues OCMA’s commitment to presenting the freshest voices from the Pacific Rim.

Open Wednesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Admission: $10, adults; $7.50, students and seniors; children under 12 are free.


Orange County Museum of Art, 850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach.

Pivotal: Highlights from the Collection, October 7 - December 31. OCMA has always championed artistic experimentation and innovation through a commitment to showing and collecting the work of dynamic and groundbreaking emerging artists. This installation will reveal how impactful and prescient OCMA has been in supporting the careers of some of the most influential artists from this region at pivotal moments in their careers. Open Wednesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Admission: $10, adults; $7.50, students and seniors; children under 12 are free.


Orange County Museum of Art, 850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach.

44 Annual Corona del Mar Home Tour, October 24 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Tour). Tickets are now on sale – your passport to tour charming homes, enjoy a light breakfast reception (8 a.m.), boutique and luncheon (11 a.m.), and an afternoon party (4 p.m.). Proceeds benefit Corona del Mar Middle and High schools. Tickets are $80. Visit the website to see ticket locations.


Takes place throughout Corona del Mar and Newport Beach.

Ella Enchanted: The Musical, October 27 - November 12. Performance times and ticket prices vary. This musical directed toward youngsters ages 4 and up, is the story about Ella. As a baby, she was given the “gift” of obedience by a misguided fairy, and cannot disobey any order. Now a teenager, the strong-willed Ella must outwit her evil stepmother, escape hungry ogres and hold on to her best friend, all while getting rid of the troublesome curse and finding her own voice. Expect delightful music and plenty of girl power in this wonderfully modern and musical Cinderella story. Adapted from the book by Gail Carson Levine.


South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.


Segerstrom Center’s Grand Opening of Julianne and George Argyros Plaza and Center for Dance and Innovation, Saturday, Oct. 28 with the dedication at 11 a.m. The Michael Maltzan-designed Argyros Plaza and Center for Dance and Innovation (CDI) are transforming the Center campus with the addition of inviting and flexible outdoor spaces for performances, community events, international festivals, pre-show dining and picnicking. Following the dedication, there is a full day of free family activities and an array of performances on the new permanent outdoor stage. As soon as the sun goes down, the new Argyros Plaza lighting design will add a glow for music and dancing to ‘60s - ‘70s “let go and let dance” band Orgone and Bay Area soul band Monophonics. For a dramatic climax to the day, BANDALOOP returns to the wall of Segerstrom Hall high above the stage with another gravity-defying vertical dance performance that weaves intricate choreography with the art of climbing and rappelling. Kids of all ages will get a jump on the Halloween weekend, decorating trick-or-treat bags and trick-or-treating at candy stations throughout the Center campus. Other fun attractions will include a caricature artist, face painting, dance class for all, Imagination Playground, food trucks, Music Mobile, puppet shows, and opportunities to observe classes by students of the American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School and the School of Dance and Music for Children with Disabilities. Center Docent tours, too.


Julianne and George Argyros Plaza, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

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Police Beat Primer

Compiled by Tom Johnson 

Police Beat derives from information in the log maintained at the front counter by the Newport Beach Police Department and required under CA Government Code Section 6254 (f). The press does not have access to written police reports.

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the Newport Beach Police Department.

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Abbreviations sometimes used in Police Beat

647f – Public Intoxication; DUI – Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs; NFA – No fixed address; RP – Reporting/Responsible Party; UTL – Unable to locate

DUI Arrests

Dain Alexander Corrales, 28, Temple City – Sunday, September 17

Miguel Gama Lopez, 38, Costa Mesa – Saturday, September 16 (w Prior)

Shona Carolyn Barnthouse, 30, Newport Beach – Saturday, September 16

Grecia Judith Nunez, 25, Costa Mesa – Friday, September 15 (w Prior)

Basil Aaron Page, 24, Riverside – Friday, September 15

Incident Reports

Sunday, September 17

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Jacob Edward Berndt, 22, Diamondale

Flagship Road & Hilaria Way I Controlled Substance

11:52 p.m. Robert Anthony Schroeder, 54, Newport Beach, charged with possession of a controlled substance. Bail set at $10,000.

16th & Placentia I Paraphernalia

11:04 p.m. Fernando Millan Guapo, 22, Costa Mesa, charged with possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail set at $500.

Bonita Canyon Drive & MacArthur Blvd. I Warrant

12:32 p.m. Antonio Macias Heredia, 47, Santa Ana, charged with a warrant. Bail set at $5,000.

Riverside Ave. & W. Coast Highway I Paraphernalia

7:42 a.m. Luis Carlos Pillado, 24, Corona, charged with possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail set at $500.

Pegasus Street & Santa Ana Ave. I Paraphernalia

12:39 a.m. Brian Albert Walsh, Jr., charged with possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail set at $500.

MacArthur Blvd. I 4600 Block I Battery

12:20 a.m. David Raymond Martinez, 23, Long Beach, charged with battery. Bail set at $500.

Saturday, September 16

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

David Gregory Galbraith, 37, Huntington Beach

Leo Rodrigo Jacobo, 21, San Bernardino

Samuel Raymond Galbraith, Jr., 42, Huntington Beach

Cliff Drive & Tustin I Warrants

11:39 p.m. Ira Lloyd Britton, 39, Costa Mesa, charged with two warrants. Bail set at $20,000.

22nd & W. Ocean Front I Narcotics, Under the Influence Paraphernalia

12:09 a.m. Augustine Shehan Nugara, 35, Whittier, charged with possession of a narcotic controlled substance, under the influence and possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail set at $2,500.

Friday, September 15

Dover Drive & Westclff Drive I Controlled Substance

10:49 p.m. Moniqe Michelle Guerrero, 34, Bloomington, charged with possession of a controlled substance. Bail set at $10,000.

Avocado I 800 Block I Narcotics, Controlled Substance and Controlled Substance in Prison

7:09 p.m. Victoria Xjona Smith, 29, Quogue, charged with possession of narcotic controlled substance. Bail set at $2,500.

7:04 p.m. Peter Gregory Montrenes, 37, Santa Ana, charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance in prison. Bail set at $25,000.

Irvine Ave. & Dover Drive I Leaded Cane and Stun Gun

7:04 p.m. Wesley Andrew Norris, 28, Newport Beach, charged with possession of a leaded cane. Bail set at $20,000.

7:00 p.m. Robert Duran, 36, Anaheim, charged with possession of a stun gun. Bail set at $500.

Santa Barbara Drive I 800 Block I Trustee CJC Commitment

5:29 p.m. Quynam Phuoc Nguyen, 59, Garden Grove, charged with trustee CJC commitment. No bail set.